after the Orlando Magic’s Offseason Moves, it’s clear that Terrence Ross is excited about the team’s future. What is unclear is whether they will be part of it.
Ross’s future after this is unknown. on the Orlando Sentinel and clarified publicly. That he’d like to continue his career elsewhere — especially on a contending team.
Still, Ross remains in Orlando and is optimistic about what the Magic can accomplish once their offseason rolls around. Drafting Paolo Banchero at No. 1 And Caleb Houston in the second round (No. 32), Signing Gary Harris to a contract extension And Re-signing Mo Bamba And Bol Bol in free agency.
“I feel like we didn’t have it a season or two ago, we have,” Ross said on the T. Ross Podcast. “Everything in bulk. I’m literally shooting in the middle of my workout, not even talking to the coaches or anything, and just thinking in my head. And halfway through, I Be like, ‘We can. [expletive] Go to the playoffs.’
“We have a lot to play for this year. That kind of got me hyped. And then to see all the young guys we have and they’re ready to go out of the gate. That’s going to make me optimistic about that.” What we can achieve this season and moving forward. Well, I’m still with the team.”
Ross, who has been here since February 2017, is the longest-tenured Magic player at $11.5 million in salary for 2022-23 — about $1 million more than the non-taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($10.49 million).
Unless he signs an extension, he will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Before the 2021-22 season ends, Ross told the Orlando Sentinel that when the Magic deal franchise mainstays Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier will be traded last season to focus on younger talent.
Ross has not been signed and has finished the last two seasons in Orlando.
Ross doesn’t know if he’ll be moved before the trade deadline in February — the Magic’s last window to deal him before his 4-year, $54 million contract expires.
“I don’t know how it’s happening,” he added. “It’s all out of my hands. I’m in total darkness. I don’t know what’s going on. I see [general managers] in the gym every day. Nothing is out of the ordinary. I might be here for the rest of the season. I could go before training camp. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I will just focus on the team.
“Why not prepare? And who knows? If we have a Cinderella story – the season becomes special – there’s no telling what could happen.”
President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman addressed Ross’ status with the team earlier in the offseason.
“talk about [Terrence] He’s a real professional,” she said. “He’s a great guy. When we made all those trades last season, T kind of got left holding the bag. We recognize that and there have been discussions about it. T loves magic. He likes the locker room. Part of the development of our young players, T can take some responsibility for that. He is just a good colleague and a good professional.
“Obviously, we’ll be looking for options with our entire roster. If Terrence Ross is on this team next year, I know he’s going to help develop the young guys and show the league he can still play. The conversation is always ongoing across the league.